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Virginia Cop Resigns After Tasering, Pepper Spraying Man With Medical Emergency (Video)

Fredericksburg, Virginia, police officer Shaun Jurgens resigned on May 14 after using pepper spray and firing his Taser at a man, who was suffering a medical emergency, on May 4.

The incident was captured on Jurgens' body cam (video below).

Two officers originally came to the scene because of a call about a driver who hit another car, jumped a median and knocked over a road sign, noted WTOP.

Two officers were holding the driver, David Washington, at gunpoint when Jurgens arrived.

He fired his Taser at Washington and then soaked his face with pepper spray, reports WTVR.

“Get out the car or I’m going to f---- smoke you,” Jurgens yelled at Washington.

Washington was pulled out of the car by police and laid on the concrete. When another police officer got into Washington's car, he appeared to drive over Washington's leg by accident.

An ambulance eventually took Washington to a hospital where doctors treated him for the pepper spray chemical and removed a Taser prong. The physicians said that Washington was "experiencing a medical emergency that had commenced at some point in the preceding hours."

Fredericksburg Police Capt. Rick Pennock stated:

The use of force demonstrated in the incident involving Mr. Washington was not in compliance with department policy or training. We take matters such as these very seriously and require that officers at all times exercise appropriate restraint and good judgment in their dealings with citizens.

Washington has been charged with "hit and run, reckless driving and driving on a revoked or suspended license for at least the third time," noted WTOP.

(Note: The video below does not have audio for the first 33 seconds)

Sources: WTOP, WTVR
Image Credit: Fredericksburg Police Department Screenshot


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